GMWEA initiated Water Quality Day in 2014 to remind Vermont citizens and policymakers of the crucial role water, wastewater, and stormwater management plays in Vermont's way of life -- and to honor the boots-on-the-ground professionals who make the miracle happen 24/7/365.

It's official! Governor Peter Shumlin first proclaimed Water Quality Day as an annual day of acknowledgment in 2014; Governor Phil Scott continued the tradition in 2017.  


To raise public awareness of working water, GMWEA coordinates a number of events and activities on Water Quality Day:

  • Press releases and advisories
  • Letters to legislators and State agency staff
  • Announcements to municipal staff
  • Public tours of water, wastewater, and stormwater facilities throughout Vermont, providing technical assistance to participing facilities with signage, Water Quality Day hats, posters, and local press announcements.
  • A coordinated letters-to-the-editor campaign and announcements to public school prinicpals and teachers throughout Vermont.


Water Quality Day is intended to give credit where credit is due!  In 2017, nine facilities statewide hosted public tours. Tours were attended by school children and their teachers, legislators, municipal staff, and the general public. 


Interested in visiting a water, wastewater, or stormwater facility?  You don't need to wait until Water Quality Day 2018 -- most facility operators welcome guests year 'round!  Contact Daniel Hecht, GMWEA's executive director, to help locate your nearest facility: dan.hecht@gmwea.org.

Water Quality Day